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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy

Posted November 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Fifty-three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was fatally shot by a sniper while traveling in an open motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. Celebrated as one of the most beloved Presidents of the United States, Kennedy’s sudden death shocked the entire nation. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the second of nine children born to Joseph… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Goldie Hawn

Posted November 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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What’s your favorite Goldie Hawn movie? Today the actress celebrates her 71st birthday. Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C. She was named after her maternal great aunt, Goldie Hochhauser. Starting at the age of three, Hawn took ballet and tap dance lessons. She began her career as a professional dancer before getting her big break on the popular variety show, Laugh-In. Hawn easily segued into film and landed her first major film role in the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

Posted November 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Shepard

On this day in 1923, astronaut Alan Shepard was born in East Derry, New Hampshire. In 1961, Shepard became the first American to travel into space. Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. was the oldest of two children born to Alan B. Shepard, Sr. and Pauline Renza Emerson. Shepard’s family had very early roots in America. His 8th great grandfather was Mayflower passenger Richard Warren, who was a signer of the Mayflower Compact in 1620. One of the original… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I

Posted November 17, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary I

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. The eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, Mary came to power after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. A devoted Catholic, Mary restored England to Roman Catholicism during her five-year reign. She had hundreds of Protestant dissenters burned at… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Posted November 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Clark Gable

Do you have a favorite Clark Gable movie? Today we remember the legendary actor on the 56th anniversary of his death. William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio. While he was an infant, his mother died, possibly from a brain tumor. From a young age, Gable aspired to become an actor. He found work with second-class theater companies and eventually made his way across the country to California. In the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Georgia O’Keeffe

Posted November 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Who are the artists in your family tree? On this day in 1887, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe grew up on a dairy farm. She was named after her maternal grandfather, George Victor Otto, a Hungarian who had immigrated to the United States. After the death of her husband, O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico where she found inspiration in the New Mexico landscape…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Posted November 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Frederick Banting

Today we celebrate the 125th birthday of Canadian scientist Frederick Banting, whose research led to the discovery of insulin to treat diabetics. Banting was born on November 14, 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. He was the youngest of five children born to William Thompson Banting and Margaret Grant. During World War I, he served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1918, he was wounded during the Battle of Cambrai, but despite his injuries, Banting continued to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leonard Cohen

Posted November 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember legendary Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who passed away at the age of 82. Leonard Norman Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec to a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Masha Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer and was of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His father, Nathan Cohen, owned a clothing store and died when Cohen was just 9 years old. Growing up, he was encouraged by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Burton

Posted November 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1925, Welsh actor Richard Burton was born in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. Born Richard Walter Jenkins, Jr., he was the twelfth child of parents Richard Walter Jenkins, Sr. and Edith Maude Thomas. His father was a coal miner and his mother worked as a bartender. At the age of two, he lost his mother shortly after she gave birth to the family’s thirteenth child. He was then taken in by his sister Cecilia and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about an ancestor?  On this day in 1914, actress Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. Although Lamarr was best known as an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age,” you may be surprised to learn about her background as an inventor and the role she played in the creation of wireless communication. During the 1940s, Lamarr starred in several successful films. But as World War II raged, Lamarr felt… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

Posted November 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bram Stoker

On this day in 1847, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, was born in Dublin, Ireland. Abraham Stoker was the third of seven children born to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. As a child, Stoker suffered from an illness that left him bedridden until he started school at the age of seven. After studying mathematics at Trinity College, Stoker worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle and as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

Posted November 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Marie Curie

On this day in 1867, renowned physicist Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to her pioneering research on radioactivity, Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win twice in different fields, Physics and Chemistry. Curie was the fifth and youngest child born to Bronisława Boguska and Władyslaw Sklodowski, both teachers. Her paternal grandfather was also a well known teacher in Lublin and her family of educators… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

Posted November 4, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Tutankhamun

On this day in 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the entrance to the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun became the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty at the age of 9. When he came to power, there was much unrest in Egypt. He reversed several changes made during his father’s reign, including restoring the worship of the old gods. He ruled for nearly 10 years before his death around the age of 18. Howard Carter had spent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Posted November 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sissy Spacek

Do you remember watching Carrie? The classic horror film starring Sissy Spacek celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Based on Stephen King’s best-selling first novel of the same name, the movie was released in theaters on November 3, 1976 to widely positive reviews. Not only did it succeed in frightening audiences, it also became one of the rare horror films to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards. An unknown actress when she was first cast, Spacek earned her first Oscar nomination for… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

Posted November 2, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Howard Hughes

On this day in 1947, Hollywood producer and aviator Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. Also called the Hughes Flying Boat, the plane was the largest aircraft ever built at the time. Hughes was a successful and extremely wealthy movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. Hughes had a lifelong passion for aviation and was an avid pilot. He even set a few aviation records himself, including a… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

Posted November 1, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Stephen Crane

On this day in 1871, American author Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his highly acclaimed novel The Red Badge of Courage, where Crane authentically depicted the realities of battle during the American Civil War and the psychological turmoil of the novel’s protagonist, a Union soldier who grapples with his own cowardice after he flees from the battlefield. Crane was the fourteenth child born to Johnathan Townley Crane, a minister,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted October 31, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1795, English Romantic poet John Keats was born in London, England. The son of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings, Keats was the eldest of the couple’s four surviving children. Keats lost both of his parents while he was still young. His father died when Keats was 8 after falling from a horse. When he was 14, his mother died of tuberculosis. During this time, Keats found solace in the arts and literature. Despite… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Posted October 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bill Gates

Happy birthday, Bill Gates! Today the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist turns 61. William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell. By the age of 13, Gates began to show an interest in computer programming and continued to pursue his passion during college. He would drop out of Harvard University to form a company called “Micro-soft” with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Later dropping… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Posted October 27, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Singer

Did your family own a Singer sewing machine? On this day in 1811, inventor Isaac Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. Singer’s improvements to the sewing machine would make it more practical and efficient than ever before. Isaac Merritt Singer was born to Adam Singer and Ruth Benson on October 27, 1811. Around the age of 12, he left home to work various odd jobs and even joined a traveling stage act. By the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Posted October 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Wyatt Earp

Today marks the 135th anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Remembered as the most famous shootout in the history of the Wild West, the gunfight was the result of the long-simmering feud between outlaw Cowboys, the Clanton-McLaurys, and lawmen Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and temporary policeman Doc Holliday. The 30 second shootout took place on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. The Earp brothers were targets of death threats by the group of outlaws… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

Posted October 25, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Abigail Adams

On this day in 1764, future President John Adams married Abigail Smith at the Smith family home in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Abigail Adams was born on November 22, 1744 to Elizabeth Quincy and William Smith, a pastor. The couple had known each other since they were children and throughout their courtship and marriage exchanged over 1,100 letters. Their letters were filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics and provided a unique window into 18th century life and personal insight… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Posted October 24, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

On this day in 1632, Dutch tradesman Antoni van Leeuwenhoek was born. Known as the “Father of microbiology,” van Leeuwenhoek is considered to be the first person to observe microbes. He was born in Delft in the Netherlands to Philips Antonisz van Leeuwenhoek, a basket maker, and Margaretha Bel van den Berch, who had come from a brewer family. A draper, van Leeuwenhoek made for an unlikely scientist. He became interested in lensmaking while working in… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alfred Nobel

Posted October 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1833, Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Although today Nobel is best remembered for establishing the Nobel Prizes, he first earned his fortune as the inventor of dynamite. After his brother died in an explosion at his father’s arms factory, Nobel sought to find a safer substance than the unstable nitroglycerin. It was after a newspaper incorrectly published Nobel’s obituary that he became concerned with how he would be remembered by… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mickey Mantle

Posted October 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1931, baseball legend Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma. He was born to Elvin Charles “Mutt” Mantle, a lead miner, and Lovell Richardson. A huge baseball fan, Mantle’s father had named him after Mickey Cochrane, a Hall of Fame catcher. A gifted athlete while in school, Mantle was scouted and signed to a minor league contract right out of high school. By the age of 19, Mantle was playing for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

Posted October 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ferdinand II of Aragon

On October 19, 1469, Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile. Their marriage would pave the way for the unification of Aragon and Castile into the single country of Spain. In 1492, the monarchs brought the Reconquista to an end when the last Islamic state in Iberia at Granada finally fell to the expanding Christian kingdoms. Soon after, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to sponsor Christopher Columbus on an expedition to reach the Indies by sailing… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Frederick III

Posted October 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1831, German Emperor Frederick III was born in the New Palace at Potsdam, Prussia. The only son of Emperor Wilhelm I, Frederick was celebrated for his leadership and successes during the Second Schleswig, Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars. Despite his military success, Frederick was known to dislike warfare and was often praised for his humane conduct. After the death of his father at the age of 90 on March 9, 1888, Frederick… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Posted October 17, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Rita Hayworth

Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth was born on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the top stars of the 1940s, Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films throughout her long career. Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino was the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., and her mother, Volga Hayworth, had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio Cansino, was a renowned Spanish classical dancer. At the peak of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Posted October 14, 2016 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: William the Conqueror

Today marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. On this day in 1066, William the Conqueror led his forces to defeat King Harold II of England. In January 1066, the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor resulted in a struggle for succession to the English throne. After his death, Harold II was browed king. However, William, then Duke of Normandy, had claimed he was the rightful heir to the throne. According… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Posted October 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bob Dylan

Congratulations to Bob Dylan! It was announced today that legendary singer and songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Dylan’s win for the Nobel Prize was a surprise for many. He is the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature since author Toni Morrison won the prize in 1993. He’s also the first person who is considered primarily a musician to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Posted October 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hugh Jackman

Happy birthday, Hugh Jackman! Today the actor turns 48. Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia to Grace McNeil (Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman. His parents were English and had come to Australia as part of the “Ten Pounds Poms” immigration in 1967. Implemented after World War II, the immigration program was an effort to increase the population of Australia. Emigrants were charged only ten pounds sterling to migrate to the country…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted October 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Eleanor Roosevelt

On this day in 1884, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City, New York. She was born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt to Elliot Bullock Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. The niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor was a shy child growing up and by the age of ten, she was orphaned. In 1892, her mother died from diphtheria, as did her younger brother just a few months later. On August 14, 1894,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Posted October 10, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Giuseppe Verdi

Do you have an ear for music? Perhaps it’s in your genes! 203 years ago, Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy. A dominant figure of the Italian opera scene, Verdi is remembered as one of the most renowned opera composers in history. He was born Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi to Carlo Giuseppe Verdi, an innkeeper, and Luigia Uttini, a spinner, in a small Italian village. He is believed to have been born either on… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

Posted October 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Edgar Allan Poe

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” On this day in 1849, poet Edgar Allan Poe died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. Known for his mysterious and macabre tales, it seems almost fitting that his death would be just as strange. Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Death plagued much of the early years of his life…. Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Posted October 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jenny Lind

Do you have singers in your family tree? On this day in 1820, Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Born Johanna Maria Lind on October 6, 1820, Lind was the illegitimate daughter of Niclas Jonas Lind, a bookkeeper, and Anne-Marie Felborg, a school teacher. Although divorced from her first husband, Lind’s mother refused to remarry until after his death in 1834. Her parents were finally married when Lind was 14. Lind’s gift… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Posted October 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Steve Jobs

Today we remember innovator Steve Jobs, who died on this day five years ago. Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California to Joanne Schieble and Abdulfatah Jandali. His biological parents were two graduate students from the University of Wisconsin and decided to put him up for adoption. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, who encouraged his education and hobby of tinkering with electronics. The co-founder of Apple, Jobs’… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Janis Joplin

Posted October 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Janis Joplin

Do you have a favorite Janis Joplin song? Today we remember the legendary singer on the 46th anniversary of her death. Janis Lyn Joplin was born on January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. From an early age, Joplin had a love of music. It was in her teens that she was first introduced to blues and jazz. Joplin was known for her bluesy, uninhibited, and gutsy singing style that was not seen in other female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Posted October 3, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Andy Griffith

Do you remember watching The Andy Griffith Show? 56 years ago today, the classic sitcom starring Andy Griffith premiered. Set in the small town of Mayberry, the show followed the lives of the widowed sheriff, Andy Taylor, his deputy Barney Fife, his young son, Opie, and his Aunt Bee. From the moment it premiered, the show was a success. For all 8 seasons, the show consistently remained one of the most popular sitcoms on the air. By the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: James Dean

Posted September 30, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: James Dean

Do you remember watching Rebel Without a Cause? On this day in 1955, actor James Dean died in a car crash at the age of 24. He was born James Byron Dean on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. He moved to California with his parents and lived there until the death of his mother when he was nine years old. He was sent back to Indiana to live on his aunt and uncle’s farm. Dean later returned… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Posted September 29, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Miguel de Cervantes

Remember reading Don Quixote? Author Miguel de Cervantes is believed to have been born on this day in 1547. Although not much is known about the early years of his life, Cervantes did live an adventurous one. He enlisted in the Spanish Navy and fought in the Battle of Lepanto, where he was injured after taking three gun shots, two to the chest and one to his left arm. In 1575, he was captured by Barbary pirates as he… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Richard Warren Sears

Posted September 28, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Richard Warren Sears

Do you remember browsing through the Sears catalog? On this day in 1914, Sears co-founder Richard Warren Sears died at the age of 50. His father, James Warren Sears, was a successful blacksmith and wagon-maker. After his death, Sears worked to help support his family. He learned telegraphy and started working as a telegraph operator and station agent for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. His life reached a turning point in 1886 when a shipment of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Posted September 26, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Johnny Appleseed

Remember the story of Johny Appleseed? On this day in 1774, the real Johnny Appleseed was born. He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. His father, Nathaniel Chapman, fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776, while his father was away at war, his mother died while giving birth to a son, who also passed short time later. As the folk story goes, Johnny Appleseed wandered barefoot with a tin… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ray Charles

Posted September 23, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Ray Charles! Today would have been his 86th birthday. Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930 in Albany, Georgia. He was the son of Bailey Robinson, a laborer, and Aretha Williams, a sharecropper. Around the age of four or five, Charles began to lose his sight and by the age of seven, he was completely blind. Although the family had little money, Charles was able to attend the Florida School for the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George III of the United Kingdom

Posted September 22, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: George III of the United Kingdom

On this day in 1761, George III was crowned King of the Kingdom of Great Britain at the age of 22. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his grandfather, George II. Just a couple of weeks before his coronation, he married Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he did not meet until their wedding day. Together they were crowned King and Queen at Westminster Abbey on September 22, 1761. In his accession speech, George declared, “Born… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bill Murray

Posted September 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Bill Murray! Today the actor turns 66. William James Murray was born on September 21, 1950 in Evanston, Illinois. He is the fifth of nine children born to Lucille Collins, a mail room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray, II, a lumber salesman. At the age of 20, Murray was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hara Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lbs of cannabis. He was convicted and sentenced to probation. Looking for a new direction, Murray accepted his… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

Posted September 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ferdinand Magellan

On this day in 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain to find a better route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The voyage would result in the first circumnavigation of world. Magellan was born to a Portuguese noble family around 1480. After the death of his parents, he became a page to Queen Leonor, the wife of John II of Portugal. He studied cartography, astronomy and celestial navigation, which would serve him well… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Posted September 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Congratulations to Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her fifth consecutive Emmy win! Last night, the Veep star made Emmy Award history by breaking the record for most lead actress wins. She previously held the record in a three-way tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore. It was her sixth win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. Five were for her role as Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy Veep. In a hilarious and emotional speech, Julia dedicated her win to her father,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: H.A. Rey

Posted September 16, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: H.A. Rey

Do you remember reading the adventures of Curious George? On this day in 1898, illustrator and author H.A. Rey was born in Hamburg, Germany. Curious George is perhaps one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature. Together with his wife Margaret, Rey brought to life the curious little monkey with his illustrations. Born Hans Augusto Reyersbach, Rey was the son of German Jews. He first met his wife in Hamburg at Margaret’s sister’s 16th birthday party. Years later,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

Posted September 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Agatha Christie

What’s your favorite Agatha Christie novel? On this day in 1890, the crime novelist was born in Torquay, England. She was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller to a wealthy upper-middle class family. From a young age, Christie was an avid reader with a vivid imagination. During World War I, Christie joined the war effort as a volunteer for the Voluntary Aid Detachment and worked as a nurse to tend wounded soldiers in the hospital. In 1920, Christie published… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

Posted September 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Francis Scott Key

On the morning after the Battle of Baltimore, lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which would become the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the War of 1812, Key accompanied Colonel John Stuart Skinner aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant to negotiate the release of prisoners. During the negotiations, the British attacked Fort McHenry, leaving Key and Skinner powerless to do anything but watch the bombardment of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Posted September 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Roald Dahl

Happy 100th birthday to beloved children’s book author Roald Dahl! Roald Dahl was born on September 13, 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselerg. During World War II, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force and became an intelligence officer and wing commander. Dahl rose to fame for his delightful and heartfelt stories and became one of the wold’s best selling authors. Some of his most popular novels include Charlie and… Read the full story

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